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Invited Speakers

Jacqueline Cotton

Focusing on prevention and early identification of risk factors associated with farming populations, the National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) develops timely, appropriate, effective and popular interventions. Often working in partnership with industry rural organisations and academia. The NCFH team includes professionals from the health, agricultural, social sciences and information technology disciplines who have a proven capacity to deliver in the areas of education training, applied research and community engagement.

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) produces a suite of farmer-informed, evidence based resources designed to improve the health, wellbeing, safety behaviours and culture of people living and working in agriculture. The NCFH utilises evidence, influence and action as the basis for the development of education, extension/service delivery, and research which aims to reduce fatal and non-fatal injury on Australian farms. The NCFH suite of resources and programs have been developed with the support of the Victorian state government and collaborators from the commercial rural sector. They aim to increase farmers' awareness and understanding of individual health, occupational health and the links with wellbeing and resilience in agriculture.

The tools and resources demonstrate the broader context of agricultural safety and wellbeing in rural Australia through relatable and accessible content. What is the workshop? National Centre for Farmer Health proudly showcases its injury prevention resources for farmers, educators and rural professionals at the AIPN Conference.

This workshop will:
• Describe and highlight why farm safety is important for injury and illness prevention;
• Showcase the audio-visual and digital animation resources created specifically for youth education, and their use in the broader promotion of health and safety
• Demonstrate how to share and utilise support resources in rural communities.
• Discuss farm safety culture and the importance of measurement and evaluation of injury prevention tools.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and share their role in the culture of health, safety and wellbeing in rural communities.

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